Government Enforcement Lawyer Joins Ropes & Gray in Hong Kong

In The News
September 23, 2011
The global law firm Ropes & Gray announced that Yunxia (Kate) Yin, an experienced Hong Kong-based lawyer who focuses on providing anti-corruption advice and conducting related investigations for clients in both China and the United States, is joining the firm.

Ms. Yin, who will be a counsel based in Ropes & Gray’s Hong Kong office, was most recently with the white collar criminal defense practice at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Hong Kong. A native Chinese Mandarin speaker, she has assisted multinational companies with FCPA monitoring and internal investigations and has conducted anti-corruption due diligence for acquisitions. She also has represented executives of Chinese companies under investigation by the U.S. government.

Ms. Yin has also served as general counsel to the China Enterprise Counsel in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, holds a masters degree in chemistry from Northwestern University and degrees in economics and chemistry from Beijing University.

“As private equity funds and multinational companies deepen their relationships in China, it is increasingly important for them to monitor their compliance with anti-corruption laws such as the FCPA and U.K. Bribery Act,” said Marcia Ellis, Hong Kong-based partner at Ropes & Gray. “Kate Yin has a rare combination of legal experience and local knowledge that will be of great benefit to our clients in China and from around the world who are doing business in China. Having someone of Kate’s caliber, on-the-ground, is a tremendous asset to the firm and our clients.”

Ms. Yin will be working closely with Ropes & Gray’s prominent white collar defense and regulatory practitioners. She will also work closely with the firm’s lawyers in Hong Kong and Shanghai, where Ropes & Gray has a strong focus on private equity, M&A, finance, life sciences and IP issues related to transactions.

“I am happy to be joining Ropes & Gray,” said Ms. Yin. “Between my native Chinese language skills, deep understanding of Chinese culture, and significant experience conducting investigations in China, combined with my new colleagues’ extensive experience as U.S. prosecutors and regulators, I believe that Ropes & Gray will now have an unmatched offering for clients needing to conduct anti-corruption investigations and due diligence.”

Ropes & Gray's global footprint, with about 1,000 lawyers, allows it to serve clients from bases in major world financial centers – Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, London, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

Ropes & Gray’s Hong Kong team continues to be involved in market leading deals, including current representation of Bain Capital on the private equity firm’s acquisition of MYOB, Australia’s largest business software developer, announced on August 21. Lawyers from Ropes & Gray’s Hong Kong office are leading the team on the deal, which represents Bain’s largest acquisition in Australia and the third-largest private equity divestment ever in Australia, according to press reports. Ropes & Gray also represented Bain Capital in the US $489 million sale of Feixiang Chemicals (Zhangjiagang) Co., Ltd., a PRC-based specialty chemical manufacturer, to Rhodia S.A. The deal closed in November of 2010.

Asian Legal Business in 2010 honored the firm's Hong Kong-based lawyers for their role in China's "M&A Deal of the Year," GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd.'s $3.4 billion acquisition of Jiangsu Zhongneng. In 2009, the firm represented long-term client Bain Capital in its acquisition of Bellsystem24 in the largest buyout by a foreign private equity firm in Japan in nearly two years.